Jonathan advocates independence of African electoral bodies

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called for the independence of electoral bodies in the African continent in the discharge of their responsibilities in order to deliver credible elections.

He also enjoined African lawyers across the continent to use their calling to promote justice, equity and the rule of law.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Former President Jonathan tasks African lawyers on democracy, rule of law,’ released by his Media Office, on Monday.

The statement quoted him to have said this in a speech he presented as the guest speaker at the 2021 Annual African Bar Association Conference holding in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Jonathan said, “There is no doubt that the independence of the electoral management bodies is the key plank upon which a thriving democracy rests.

“I have always made the case that a truly democratic system narrows the space for strife and conflicts.

“It is, therefore, the prerogative of the legal professionals to not only protect the independence of the electoral management bodies, but also seek to ensure the integrity of electoral processes.”

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